Blogmas 2014 – Day 11: Gift Wrap Inspiration

Good Morning & Happy Blogmas Day 11!

One of my favorite things about Christmas time is wrapping gifts. Seriously, I love it. I ALMOST got a part time job at the mall this year as a gift wrapper for the mere fact that I enjoy it so much.

I love picking out new paper & fabulous ribbon each year. There’s nothing better than a gorgeous patterned paper or a thick/metallic print. Ahh, I love it.

A crummy IG pic from a couple years ago of my silver alligator paper & red bows :)
I loved my silver alligator paper & red bows a couple of years ago (found the paper at Marshalls!) 🙂

OK – point of this post… I haven’t picked out my wrapping material yet – I just haven’t come across THE paper. I’ve been browsing Pinterest and other sites to get some inspiration & wanted to share my wrapping vision for 2014 😉

#ISoundLikeAPsyhco #TooBad #ILoveWrappingPaper #AndRibbons

If I could pull it off - THIS is very similar to what I have in mind :)
If I could pull it off, THIS is pretty much exactly what I have in mind 🙂
I do know how to do calligraphy - this could be really fun!
I do know how to do calligraphy, so something like this could be really fun!
I love the wood grain paper & satin bow - still pretty with or without the extra embellishment!
I love the wood grain paper & satin bow. It’s so pretty with or without the extra embellishment!
SWOONING over every.sing.one.of.these!
SWOONING over every.single.one.of.these!
I'm really loving polka dots paper this year.
I’m really loving polka dots paper this year. This is too cute for words.

Decisions, decisions! I’ve finished a *very* little bit of Christmas shopping – hoping to knock most of it out by next week, so I’ve got a little time to figure out my wrapping paper situation.

I’ll be sure to do a gift wrap post when I’m done! 🙂
Do you enjoy wrapping gifts?

What kind of paper are you using this year?



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Blogmas 2014 – Day 9: Merry Christmas Addie!

Happy Blogmas Day 9!

Do you remember how exciting it was to get mail when you were a kid? What was better than receiving a letter addressed to you?! Heck, I still love getting mail (non-bill related mail, of course).

Well, there is a sweet little 6 year old girl in Utah who is asking anyone and everyone who is willing, to send her mail.

This lady’s name is Addie. She suffers from an undiagnosed illness – and was given less than one year to live.


Anticipating that this Christmas will likely be the last for Addie, her family is doing everything that they can to make it extra special – and they’ve asked the public to help. Since Addie loves receiving cards – her parents are asking that people add her to their holiday mailing lists when sending out their Christmas cards.

You can read Addie’s whole story here.


While they make me cry in an instant, I love stories like these – and being able to do a little something to make a sweet child smile.

Danny Nickerson had a similar birthday wish this past summer! I was happy to mail him a card too 🙂

danny nickerson
Such a wonderful idea.

If you have a moment to pick up an extra holiday card today – do so! They can be mailed to:

P.O. BOX 162

I’m popping mine in the mail this afternoon 🙂

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Have you heard about Addie’s story?

Let me know if you plan to send her some mail 🙂 


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Blogmas 2014 – Day 8: Belted Wrap Coats

Happy Monday & Blogmas Day 8!

I’ve usually been kind of “meh” when it comes to winter coats, I never gave them much thought. Lately though, I have been completely obsessed with belted wrap jackets! I never realized how much a good coat could add to even the frumpiest of outfits.

I picked up a really fun burgundy/fall belted wrap jacket from Target a couple of months ago and have been in LOVE with it!

It falls just about mid-thigh
It falls just about mid-thigh

I get so many compliments whenever I wear it – it’s comfy, it’s warm, it has awesome deep pockets & the belt tie makes it so easy to put on/take off. Target has a black & white one that I really wanted too (I couldn’t bring myself to buy 2 coats in September)…but I think my little sister mayyy have taken the hint & picked up my Christmas present early 😉

black and white target wrap jacket
Not sure why they styled the model like this, I feel like her outfit takes away from the jacket, but the coat is so adorable in person!

While I’m in love with my two Target finds, there are so many others out there that I have been eyeing! Take a look at a few of my favorites! 🙂 –>


T Tahari Black Marla Wrap Coat – Neiman Marcus: $195.00

 Trina Turk Red Belted Wrap Coat: Normally available at Nordstroms, but I cannot find it in stock anywhere!

White Belted Wrap Coat – Forever 21: $52.90

Belted Wrap Wool-Blend Coat – JCPenny: $131.99


Anyone else loving the wrap coat this year?

Where have you found cute ones?


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Blogmas 2014 – Day 5 – Favorite Christmas Movies

Happy Friday…and Blogmas Day 5!

I swear, when you wake up Friday morning the air is different. Hands down, my favorite day of the week 🙂

Toady I thought I’d write about one of the suggested Blogmas topics: My Favorite Christmas Movie. I was just having this discussion with one of my girlfriends the other day – it’s so hard to pick just one, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 5.

Here it goes! –>

5. ELF

Let it be known that I am not a very big fan of Will Ferrell movies – I don’t really care for his style of humor (that whole Old School/Talladega Nights shenanigans)… but I give the man credit because he totally won me over with Elf. This movie is a Top 5 must for so many reasons – which I’m sure many of you can figure out 🙂



4. A Christmas Story

If you had asked me maybe 10 years ago, this would have been my hands down, no questions asked, absolute #1 favorite! My brother & I would watch as much of the TBS 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon together every single Christmas. Then one year my Mom bought it for us on DVD because we loved it so much (bless her), but then I guess it kind of lost it’s uniqueness since we owned it? It’s still a special film and I’ll definitely tell my kids about how Uncle Matt & I lived and breathed for this movie every single Christmas. I do still love to watch it – but once is enough 😉

Ralphie A Christmas Story


3. The Santa Clause

I was in first grade when this movie came out so it’s one of the few films that I vividly remember watching and enjoying every year growing up. It also always makes me want Dennys lol.  Note: only the first one makes the list 😉

The Santa Clause


2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Aside from the beautiful storyline & the fact that it may be the most classic Christmas film of all time, I love it because my Mom adores it. I remember being younger and her always wanting us to watch it with her. I never really cared for it then. It was black and white, I was traumatized by little George’s bloody ear ha… but the older I got the more I began to love it. It’ll always be a special movie because of how much it means to my Mom, so for that – it’s one of my favorites too. 🙂

Its a wonderful life


1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

I . LOVE . THE . GRISWOLDS. (I’m a huge fan of all the National Lampoon Vacation movies). I love the simplicity of this movie – it’s just good old family fun. No fancy extras – the clothes, the cars, the wrapping paper, the appliances, the cellphone/computer-less life – it reminds me of my childhood. Not to mention, Chevy Chase is hysterical. I may have watched it three times already this year, but who’s counting? #TISTHESEASON

National Lampoons Christmas vacation

That wraps up my Top 5 favorites! I’m trying to enjoy as many holiday movies as I can this month. I love getting home at the end of the day & putting one on, even if I end up falling asleep. It just makes every day of the Christmas season a little more special.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Have you been binge watching holiday movies too?



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2014 VMA Fashion Faves & Fails

I love watching the VMA’s every year, and per usual, the red carpet is the best part! Below are some of my fashion faves &  fails of the night.



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Which red carpet looks did you love/hate at the VMA’s this year?


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